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Cougars, polar bears, lions, cheetahs, tigers, grizzly bears, and killer whales are nature's threatened giants. Each one gets its due in this important book. Hirschi's approach is gentle and engaging, but the urgency of his message is not lost-these animals need human help. Most are threatened by loss of their habitats. Indeed, more tigers now live in captivity than in their natural world. The text is clear and easy to follow, and the problems are balanced with hope. The prime minister of India is encouraging greater protection for tigers. Recent findings indicate that killer whales have learned to share food with one another. A bit about each animal's lifestyle is also included. Mangelsen's crisp color photographs are beautifully composed and heart-grabbing. There are close-ups of lions and bears, and action shots. A cheetah chases its prey. A killer whale leaps out of the sea. Finally, Hirschi offers a page on how to help these large beasts; readers are directed to Web sites for each animal. This book about a timely topic is a first purchase.
—Anne Chapman CallaghanCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.